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  • September 21, 2013

Official NetBeans Tools for Vaadin

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

During the last few days, for the first time, the Vaadin team have made a Vaadin plugin
available for NetBeans IDE. It can be installed in NetBeans IDE 7.3.1
and NetBeans IDE 7.4 RC 1:


Note: Vaadin team members will be present at NetBeans Day tomorrow, while the plugin will be highlighted during NetBeans Community Tools with JRebel, Jelastic, and More [UGF10388], together with plugins for Jelastic, JRebel, Codename One, Android, and Gradle.

As starting points, three Maven-based project templates are available in the New Project dialog when you install the plugin:

If you choose Vaadin Web Application Project, as shown above, and click Next, you see the following:

When the project is created, it looks as follows:

If you deploy the application to the embedded WebKit browser or the
Chrome browser with NetBeans plugin installed, you're able to interact
with and do live editing on the deployed app from the IDE, as shown below.

In the New Project dialog, shown in the first screenshot above, if you choose Vaadin Add-On Project, you'll see the following:

Completing the wizard, you end up with the following applications:

Run the application and again you have interactive editing
capabilities available between browser and IDE, together with the
NetBeans network monitor, very handy for analyzing network traffic:

The final project template shown in the first screenshot above provides support for Vaadin's TouchKit
project, which is very interesting. It lets you build cross-platform
mobile user interfaces for Java applications, adding support for
smartphones and tablets in days instead of months. Here's the code you
get when you use that template:

it in your browser and you'll see the start of a mobile application.

Also, file templates are available, as shown below:

Here's the New Vaadin Widget wizard:

Looking forward to exploring these features more during the next weeks, during which
I'll be blogging more about Vaadin.

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